Conclusion: It’s fair to say Cloud Chamber is a very specific type of game for a very specific type of gamer. It’s also fair to say that Cloud Chamber is one of the most original experiences I’ve had in a very long time, and joins games like Gone Home as it borders the line between game and interactive story.
Conclusion: Now, the best thing that Cloud Chamber has going for it is that there is nothing quite like it out there right now, and it can comfortably score points on novelty alone, without having to actually put any kind of effort into it.
Pros: + an innovative experience, + it makes you read stuff outside the game, + you can learn a lot of interesting stuff, + somewhat decent live-action videos
Cons: - it requires Quick Time, - it relies too much on peer approval, - way too much unfounded speculation, - confusing story and delivery, - clunky writing
Conclusion: Cloud Chamber is an interesting gaming experiment that you'll either love or should not buy under any circumstances. Consider this review a warning more than anything, if you like the sound of a Reddit-like experience where you watch videos telling an ambiguous sci-fi story and then discuss plot...
Summary: Not all of the acting is perfect, admittedly, and the audio presentation won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but when it works Cloud Chamber is an absorbing, massive, occasionally unsettling, but absolutely compelling experiment in community narrative investigation.
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